Italian Croccante is one of the things because Italian kids are waiting for December! This simple sweet is so good, and sold at the corner of the streets, along with roasted chestnuts and other candies. The dried fruit is caramelized into a mixture of sugar and honey, then shaped into bars: crunchy and delicious!
Castagnaccio is a super famous Italian chestnuts flour cake, traditional in several regions with some variations. Thanks to its ingredients, easy to find in the Italian woods, in the past, this recipe was particularly popular among the poor people. Today, I made the Tuscan variation of Castagnaccio with walnuts, pine nuts, and raisin. This cake is very easy to prepare: just 10 minutes for the batter and 40 minutes in the oven. A classic winter recipe from Italy ready for you: vegan, healthy, and tasty!
I created these squash puffs duchess potatoes style the day after I prepared for the first time my Buttercup squash and blue cheese puree. It has been a great solution to make use of the remaining puree. The result has been so tasty, and often I prepare them as the main recipe, without waiting to have leftovers! This recipe is easy to make, and the puffs are perfect both as an appetizer and as a side dish. A crispy crust with a tender heart!
I love preparing this buttercup squash “pumpkin” puree for my family and friends for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or New Year’s eve! The mild sweetness of the squash is perfectly balanced by the taste of the blue cheese. I particularly like using Gorgonzola, but any semi-soft blue cheese fits good: the only critical thing is the cheese have to easy to melt along with the milk.
French fries are the most famous side in the world, but not easy to replicate homemade. Actually, make perfect Fries at home requires just a couple of tips! Someone describes French fries unhealthy. That’s partially true, but they are a little sin that may be outweighed with a healthy diet. Here the history and the recipe for a dish that we all know and appreciate!
Melitzanosalata is a tasty Greek appetizer traditionally served aside meats, pita bread, and other sauces. This eggplant salad is a delicious and healthy starter, but it also a perfect ingredient for a sandwich or a Pita Gyro. I love preparing this vegan small plate along with Tzatziki sauce, Souvlaki, and Greek salad. This kind of meal remembers me my days in Greece: closing my eyes, and breathing deeply, I can still feel the flavors of the olive groves and Mediterranean sea!
Pumpkin gnocchi is a recipe I love to prepare in this season. They are easy to make in advance and freeze, so perfect to plan a dinner even with several people: a feast for friends! I like so much the mild sweetness of these gnocchi and pair them with butter and sage, but also with meat sauces or melted blue cheeses: so yummy!
Fried sage is an appetizer I particularly love: easy, quick, and tasty! The batter I use is a classic Italian plus a few spices to improve flavor and color. I listed below my favorite spices, but feel free to experiment your favorite seasoning. The only rule is: once ready serve as soon as possible!
Lemon Granita is the traditional answer against the hot Sicilian summer. Sicily is famous for several amazing things: long history, turquoise sea, cosmopolitan culture, and amazing food! I love Sicily and last June I came back there to spend my vacation days. Trust me, drinking a lemon Granita seating comfortably around a table, and watching the Sicilian life passing in front of me: this is a piece of my personal heaven!